For quite some time, Vanhelga has been among the bands I listen to very often. Vanhelga’s music is never unanimity, some love it, some hate it, but you can’t deny that the band’s compositions are filled with sentiment. As I’ve mentioned on a previous Vanhelga review, to fully enjoy the works by the Swedish artist, I believe you should have a connection with it. I’m not saying that you have to cut yourself or a severe suicidal depression, not at all, but to understand, in a way, what the band’s creations are about. Here’s what Vanhelga has to say about it: This piece of art is an expression of using destructive tools like drugs and self-mutilation to be happy. Be happy with Vanhelga and stay positive!
First of all, I enjoyed the title of the EP, it made me think about the concept of happiness one more time. Of course I’m not going to detail what I think about this subject, because it’s not the purpose of this “article”, but I guess that we all search for it, but most of the time, it’s not reachable. Much like the movie that is also titled Happiness, the characters were searching for their own ones, but due to circumstances of life itself, and the fact that some of them were monsters, happiness was an impossible goal. I guess happiness can be thought of what the character of Max Von Sidow observed in The Seventh Seal, the little moment in which you forget about everything and can enjoy life in its simple aspects, but this is all about personal feelings, thoughts, experiences and opinions anyways.
Well, returning to the release, it is pretty much in the same vein of the previous works, atmospheric and depressive Black Metal, raw, hypnotic and melancholic, but adding new elements to the sound, an avant-garde approach, an almost hallucinogenic feel, some noise and a surprise final instrumental song, that, although completely different from what I’m used to listen to and also that Vanhelga’s used to release, but I did find it enjoyable in its weirdness. Most of the time, the vocals are almost spoken in calm way, contrasting with aggressiveness of the instruments.
In my humble opinion, this is another great work of Vanhelga, but, as I’ve mentioned before, this is not the musical genre that is for everyone, this particular release is very experimental and passionate as well as, at the same time, soothing and tempestuous, raging and fierce. It’s not easy-listening at all, but to many, it can be a highly pleasuring experience. The production, much like the music is very raw and completely fits this creation. I invite you all to check Happiness, in the right mood, and if you like what is released by this band, please, support and promote Vanhelga the way that is possible for you.
Album: Happiness – EP (2015)
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- Ottosson – All instruments
- Franzén – Drums
- Ejnarsson – Guitars
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All photos belong to their rightful owners.March 29, 2015